Transforming language learning: Designing a community-based language learning (CBLL) model for students’ learning experiences, learning outcomes, and community engagement

TitleTransforming language learning: Designing a community-based language learning (CBLL) model for students’ learning experiences, learning outcomes, and community engagement
Faculty/College/UnitArts
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2020
Project Summary

Chinese is the largest language group in Canada after English and French. This three-year multi-dimensional community-based Chinese language learning and teaching project builds a course model that shifts away from classroom-based teaching and learning to community-based language learning (CBLL) and communication-focused pedagogy. It integrates community-engaged pedagogy and collaborative learning to address important learning needs that are mutually beneficial to both student learners and community members. By strengthening partnerships between students and their learning communities within UBC and beyond, even to international communities, this project works to improve students’ language confidence and performance, build up their intercultural competence, enhance their sense of community identity, and transform language pedagogy methods to make a stronger language program. With clear and thorough formative and summative assessments, the expected successful outcomes of this course model will be expanded to a program-level scale and can be further applied to other language courses/programs at UBC and beyond.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorHsiang-ning Wang
Year 1: Funded Amount23,197
Year 1: Team Members

Hsiang-ning Wang, Instructor, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Qian Wang, Senior Instructor / Director, Chinese Language Program, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Pihua Lin, Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Xinxin Wu, Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Mingzhu Lu, Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Chien-ju Lin, Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Sheni Chen, Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2021/2022
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorHsiang-ning Wang
Year 2: Funded Amount15,032
Year 2: Team Members

Hsiang-ning Wang, Instructor / Assistant Professor of Teaching, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Qian Wang, Senior Instructor / Director, Chinese Language Program, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Pihua Lin, Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Lijung Lee, Visiting Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Any Lee, Visiting Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Yinghua Tasi, Visiting Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Mingzhu Lu, Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Duanduan Li, Associate Professor, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Sheni Chen, Lecturer, Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Bosung Kim, Educational Consultant, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)
Trish Varao-Sousa, Evaluation and Research Consultant, CTLT / Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Facilitator
Susan Grossman, Director, Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Shadi Mehrabi, Community Engaged Learning Officer, Centre for Community Engaged Learning